Let’s Golf

Let’s Golf by Kate Ward Thacker – Ravensburger – 500 pieces

So I got a big surprise the other day, hubby apparently ordered a couple of puzzles for me to do. They’re for him when they’re done, I’m just supposed to assemble them. Two golf puzzles for his golf room! Of course I’ve taken over some real estate in that room for puzzle assembly so perhaps it’s the golf/puzzle room? Nevertheless, two puzzles arrived that day; this 500 piece Ravensburger and a 1500 piece puzzle by Mandolin. I’ve never heard of Mandolin before. Oooh, interesting!

The first of the two puzzles he got is this adorable collage image. There are even golf valentines in there, how cute is that? This is a large piece puzzle, so it’s impressively sized, and that’s also part of the reason I wanted to do this one first. There’s something about the large pieces that makes me want to work them. The large Ravensburger pieces have the best tactile feel to them, it’s heavenly!

This one didn’t take long at all, especially because hubby helped a little bit. It’s hard for him to stay away from anything golf related. 😐 It was nice to have him help me, he’s been tied up with work and other things for a while and hasn’t assembled a puzzle with me for quite some time. I enjoyed having him help with the assembly, especially since he wants to frame the puzzle for himself.

There were lots of words to assemble, which I love, and lots of golf balls to find and assemble too. The colors are very bright and cheery, but old timey and cute as well. Hubby was even pleased to find some maps or whatever you call them of holes at the “Old Course” in Scotland.  There were so many interesting little things to see everywhere that made it so much fun that it went quickly and was super enjoyable!

He wants to frame both puzzles when they’re completed, so I’ll be gluing this one together today. Mom will be so pleased to have something to hunt for at the thrift stores, we need to find a frame. 🙂

Happy National Puzzle Day!

Enjoy National Puzzle Day everyone!

Of course I’m most partial to jigsaw puzzles, but enjoy National Puzzle Day however you like. Crosswords, sudoku, video games (man I loved Tetris!), word searches, anacrostics, whatever puzzles make you happy! If you’re not in the US, we’ll share our day – enjoy puzzles anyway!

I have my grandmother to thank for my love of jigsaw puzzles. She was always working on puzzles, for as long as I can remember. I will never forget her sitting in her chair in the living room with a big board across the ottoman/footstool working on a puzzle. When I would spend the night at her house sometimes she’d be working on a jigsaw puzzle in her chair and I would kiss her goodnight, then I would wake up in the morning and there she was still sitting there working on the puzzle!  It was much more complete than the night before because she’d been up ALL NIGHT working on it! 😮 I remember thinking “I can’t wait till I’m a grownup and can work on a puzzle all night if I want to!” Wouldn’t it be great if adulthood was like we thought it would be as kids? Staying up late, eating ice cream for dinner, buying candy whenever we wanted, controlling the tv – no phone bill, boring job, people to take care of, house to clean – being an adult is gonna be AWESOME! 😐

I always loved working on puzzles with her and not just jigsaws, she loved crosswords and logic problems and all sorts of puzzles. I always got to do the easy crosswords in her puzzle magazines because she was so good she was able to do the expert ones and even the expert crossword puzzles that were diagramless (you have to figure out where the words go – no numbers or shaded boxes to help you!) She always helped me with the answers I didn’t know and even taught me how to work the diagramless ones, although I can usually only do the easy or medium ones. My love of puzzles of all kinds came from her and I always think of her when I buy a puzzle magazine or spend too much time working on a jigsaw late into the night. How cool that National Puzzle Day is exactly one week before her birthday – she would have loved that!

Me and Grama on a sleepover night – check out those awesome 70’s pajamas I’m rockin!

So enjoy national puzzle day everyone, maybe do a simple crossword with a child or help them with an easy jigsaw puzzle. You might instill a love of puzzles in a child that will be with them forever. Perhaps carve out a little “me time” and work on a jigsaw puzzle or a brain teaser all by yourself, or ask a loved one to help you and spend some time together. You might just create a wonderful memory. 🙂